Whiplash is an injury in which the head and neck are quickly forced forward and backward. This can happen during an auto injury, sports injury, or any other similar trauma or abuse to the head or neck area. Those who experience whiplash understand how painful and debilitating it can be in one’s daily life.
Thankfully, chiropractors can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with whiplash. A chiropractor is one of the medical practitioners whom you should seek care from right away, as it may be extremely necessary. They can introduce different forms of care, including manipulating, stimulating, and relaxing the neck and back muscles.
Below are a few symptoms of whiplash that you should consider seeing a chiropractor about:
- Headache– Whiplash causes damage to the fragile tissues in your neck, resulting in a headache. Chiropractic care can be beneficial for headaches and migraines caused by whiplash.
- Muscle spasms– Whiplash can cause severe upper-body muscle spasms that don’t always go away fast. When the soft tissue around the neck becomes stiff or swollen due to an injury, muscle spasms can occur. Chiropractors will stretch the body gently, which can help alleviate cramps caused by tight muscles.
- Stiff neck– Since whiplash does not often result in intense pain, people sometimes don’t even know they have it. If you experience stiffness after an accident or injury, it may be the result of whiplash. You may find that you can’t stretch your neck as easily as you used to or that you have tightness and tension in your neck.
- Decreased range of motion– Whiplash can result in disc herniation, swollen muscles, or inflamed nerves in your spine, making it difficult to move.
- Pain in the shoulders– Whiplash can cause pain or discomfort in your shoulders and arms. When a damaged disk in your neck presses against nerves that run to your shoulders or arms, this can happen.
- Dizziness– When your body is overwhelmed by pain, you can experience dizziness. It can also happen if the whiplash triggers circulation problems. This can happen if your muscles are inflamed or if herniated discs disrupt your body’s normal flow.
- Exhaustion– When you suffer from a serious case of whiplash, the body does all it can to alleviate the pain. As a consequence, even though you may sleep a lot, you can feel especially exhausted.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the whiplash symptoms above call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.